Join us to for this online webinar about SafePods and the SafePod Network, a service for researchers who need to access sensitive datasets

We know the SafePod service is important to researchers who need to access sensitive datasets for their research. This webinar will feature short presentations highlighting what's on offer, so that those who may benefit from using a SafePod know about the service and how to use it.

All are welcome to attend. SafePods can be used by anyone accredited to access a project dataset from participating data centres.

The University of York is home to one of the UK’s first SafePods, enabling researchers to securely access high quality, sensitive data without leaving campus.


  • The SafePod Network - Darren Lightfoot (SafePod Network Manager, University of St Andrews) will provide an overview of the SafePod Network and how it may benefit you.
  • Using a SafePod - Sarah Knight (ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Environment and Geography, University of York) will talk about her experience of using a SafePod. Slides (PDF)
  • SAIL Databank: a rich and trusted population databank - Cynthia McNerney (Head of Data Acquisition and Provisioning, SAIL Databank) will provide information on the data held by SAIL (and accessible through a SafePod), how to apply for access, along with examples of how the data can be used. Slides (PPTX)
  • Accessing the UK Data Service SecureLab - Laura Beauchamp (Data Access and Use Assistant, UK Data Service) will outline the application process for 'secure access' data held at the UK Data Service, data which can be accessed from SafePods using the SecureLab.
  • The Secure Research Service (SRS) - Alex Lock (ADR Data Sourcing & Curation Manager, Office for National Statistics) will explain how researchers can access the SRS, how to find data and who to contact with your questions. Slides (PPTX)

Presenters retain all performance rights, copyright ownership and intellectual property rights to their work. No further copying is permitted without permission from the researchers except where allowed under the terms of a public reuse licence where indicated at source, or as permitted by legal exception.

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